More Light – # 339

Mehr Licht!
More Light!
Number 339 – April 26, 2012

“To the haranguers of the populace among the ancients, succeed among the moderns your writers of political pamphlets and news-papers, and your coffee-house talkers.” Benjamin Franklin, Reply to Coffee House Orators, 1767

Dear Masonic Student,

This issue of More Light / Mehr Licht is different from those of the past. It contains some information from the MN Masonic Manual and the MN Masonic Code, as well as two articles, which I hope you will find interesting. The information from the code and the manual will also, I hope be interesting and informative to all Masons as well, especially to MN Masons. But as we all enjoy the wonderful right of a Master Mason to visit and sojourn into other jurisdictions, it is sometimes nice to be aware of the laws, rules, and customs in the various jurisdictions. We’re also including a new feature article called Notable Masons, which deals with Masons we may or may not have heard of before. I plan to use a larger font in Mehr Licht; on average I will use Arial Size 12 to make it easier to read. Mehr Licht can be read in sections, so that one may spread out the reading over the time he has. This issue has a photo in the Notable Masons article. I’m not sure every issue will, but I learned how to insert photos in Gmail[i], so I thought I would put the photo in. I hope you enjoy this new format for Mehr Licht. Please let me know what you think; thank you, Ed Halpaus –

“Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

Brother J.C. Penney

From the Masonic Manual of Minnesota


The apron is always worn by all Masons present at Lodge meetings. It is also worn during certain public functions, for which the Lodge has been opened in private,

such as Masonic funerals, public installations and certain Grand Lodge ceremonies. The apron is worn on the outside of all clothing, including overcoats. The apron is never worn under another garment. Any Master Mason should gently remind his lesser informed Brother of this fact.

“I am no one special; just a common man with common thoughts, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved another with all my heart and soul; and to me, this has always been enough.” From the movie – ‘The Notebook’

By Glenn Kiecker
Historian for the Education Committee
Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Minnesota


The Text below is a digest version of an email received from someone known only as , Spirit Guardian. Spirit Guardian was moved to send it to me after seeing the name of Brother Hubert V. Eva listed in a Minnesota Mason list; which was later on

The information from Spirit Guardian was written in present tense as much of it came from the book “Commemorative Biographical Record of the Upper Lake Region” written when Brother Eva was still living. Some of what follows also comes from “The Book of Minnesotans Volume 1 Biographical Dictionary of Living men in Minnesota, written in 1907[ii]: this book was also written when Brother Eva was still living.

Major Hubert Victor Eva is probably best known in Duluth as the secretary of the Duluth Commercial Club, one of the foremost social organizations of the city, which gives much attention to local business and civic affairs. He is a native of Cornwall, England, born Aug. 8, 1869, son of James Richard and Addison E. (Laxyon) Eva, and comes of a family prominent in Cornwall for many generations. His mother was born in London, and her ancestors were prominent as ship owners, interested in the Australian trade. The family came to the United States in 1883, settling in Duluth; Mr. James R. Eva resided in Duluth for years. His wife died in the city of Duluth 15 March 1898 at the age of fifty-eight years.

Hubert Victor Eva received the greater part of his education in his native land of England. Shortly after coming to the United States he became engaged as a bookkeeper, for about sixteen years acting as secretary for the Silberstein & Bondy Co., one of the leading mercantile establishments of Duluth. On 1 May 1903, he resigned this position to enter upon his duties as secretary of the Duluth Commercial Club, which require the greater part of his time. He has, at different times, been interested in various business enterprises in the city, and is well and favorably known in commercial circles.

Since 1889 Hubert V. Eva has been connected with the Minnesota National Guard, in which he has become quite prominent. He acquired a captain’s commission in Company A, 3rd Regiment, and with his company entered the United States service at the breaking out of the Spanish-American war. The Minnesota troops being the first volunteers sworn into the Federal service. He commanded his company during the Spanish American War at Camp Chickamauga, Georgia and Knoxville, Tennessee.

The Minnesota Volunteers had several times been called out to quell Indian disturbances and riots. In 1898 they saw service at Cass Lake and on 2 July 1900 Company A left Duluth under Bro. Eva’s command for Koochiching[iii], which they reached on the 5th of July having been delayed twenty-four hours at Rainy Lake while awaiting the arrival of a steamer. Their route overland was over almost impassable roads. They remained three weeks, returning to Duluth after the Indians became quiet.

On 12 June 1901 Capt. Eva was promoted to the rank of major. In 1903 he was honored with election to the presidency of the Minnesota National Guard Association and discharged his duties with efficiency and fidelity.

Major Eva became well known as a hearty advocate of measures tending to promote the welfare of his city and State, working energetically, with due appreciation of the needs of his community.

On 4 Aug 1896 Major Eva was married to Miss Laura Forbes, daughter of Daniel Forbes, of Montreal, Canada, and they have had one child, Victor Forbes. The major and his wife were members of the Episcopal Church. Fraternally he was 32° K.C.C.H in the Scottish Rite Valley of Duluth, MN, and a member of the Shrine.

Spirit Guardian also wrote in the email message: “Hubert is my great grandfather. He died in Duluth, MN in Oct 1971 at the age of 102: He died in an auto accident; being hit by a car while walking after attending church. He was a Colonel[iv] and fought in several wars/uprisings. He helped found the national Better Business Bureau. The historical society in Duluth – located at the university library, [which] has an extensive file on him.

Spirit Guardian is willing to help other Ancestry members! Here are some specific things Spirit Guardian is willing to do:[v]

· Look up and copy a document from a local library or History Center

· Take pictures of tombstones from a local cemetery

· Take pictures of local buildings or other pertinent landmark

“Thought is useful when it motivates action and a hindrance when it substitutes for action.” Bill Raeder

From the Minnesota Masonic Code

SECTION G13.18 A Lodge may change its name by amendment to the By-Laws of the Lodge as prescribed in Section G13.32 of the General Regulations. The name cannot be that of a living person

SECTION G13.32 Neither by-laws of Constituent Lodges nor amendments thereto shall be effective unless approved by the Grand Master and should follow the suggested form in the Masonic Handbook for “Forms and Petitions.” They, or any part of them, may be amended at any Stated Communication, but only in the following manner:

(a) Any proposed change must be in writing, by Article and Section, and read to the Lodge a first time. If the Lodge favors the change, it must be by a majority vote of those present.

(b) After it has been read and a majority vote favors the change, the Lodge Secretary will send it to the Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge for transmission to the Grand Master and one of the members of the Committee on Jurisprudence for approval as to form only, or correction. The Grand Secretary shall divide the submissions between the members of the Committee on Jurisprudence.

(c) Upon its return by the Grand Secretary with the Grand Master’s approval, it shall be

read to the Lodge a second time at the next Stated Communication, but no action should be taken at this communication other than to lay it over until a subsequent Stated Communication.

(d) At least five (5) days before the subsequent Stated Communication when action is to be taken, notice by mail to every member at his last known address shall be given, with a sufficient summary of the change to enable him to understand the proposed action.

(e) At the Stated Communication when action is to be taken, the proposed change is to be read a third time; and upon receiving a two-thirds (2/3) vote in favor by those members present, the change shall be declared adopted.

(f) The Lodge Secretary will attach one (1) copy each of the original and the amended

Article(s) and one (1) copy of the notice of proposed action sent to the members of the Lodge, and mail these to the Grand Secretary, together with a copy of Certifying By-Laws For Approval, as found in the Handbook For Forms And Petitions.

(g) If a member of the Jurisprudence Committee, when requested, finds the proposed

amendment(s) to be correct and proper for final approval, he shall so certify to the Grand Master. A quarterly report shall be made to the Grand Master by a member of the Jurisprudence Committee of all proposed by-law amendments which have been found incorrect and improper for final approval.

(h) When a new set of by-laws is proposed for adoption, the foregoing procedure as to

amendments shall apply.

(i) This section may be suspended by any constituent Lodge for the purpose of amending their by-laws for:1) changing the annual dues to pay increased per capita to the Grand Lodge for its operations and its assessment to the Minnesota Masonic Foundation, Inc. or 2) amending the Lodge by-laws to change isolated single words or numbers, or 3) to act upon a motion made from the floor to change isolated single words or numbers following the third reading of an amendment insofar as receiving approval as to form only from the Jurisprudence Committee of the Grand Lodge and the Grand Master.

(J) other provisions of this section must be strictly complied with regarding notice and

voting, and upon completion of the amendment, a certified copy thereof shall be filed with the Grand Secretary to become effective.

“Real learning comes about when competition has ceased.” Anonymous